Communiqué from the Archdiocesan Council of July 31, 2013

Communiqué of the Diocesan Administration on the meeting of the Archdiocesan Council of July 31, 2013
The Archdiocesan Council met on Wednesday, 31 July, 2013 under the chairmanship of His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel. Among the issues discussed:

1. His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel reported on his recent trip to Russia and Ukraine, where he was invited to head the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of the "Russ".

2. Results of the consultation: The Secretary of the Archdiocese presented the results of the consultation on amendments to the statutes with the purpose of broadening the scope of possible applications of persons not necessarily related to the Archdiocese for at least five years . The court official responsible for receiving reports of the consultation received 206 envelopes and counted 166 in favour,  44 against and one spoiled ballot. The result can be taken as agreed but must be formally confirmed by a vote at the Extraordinary General Assembly, in accordance with the statutes. As a result of this amendment suitable applicants do not have to have been attached to the Exarchate for at least five years and that their number is not limited.

3. Election of the Archbishop: After reviewing the nominations received from members of the Archdiocese and parish communities, the Council adopted a list of three candidates for the office of  Archbishop as follows:
• Archimandrite Gregory (Papathomas)
• Archimandrite Job (Getcha)
• Archimandrite Simeon (Cossec)
 
This list will be forwarded to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for approval by His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy and Sacred Synod for election at the Extraordinary General Assembly in November 2013.

4. The Extraordinary General Assembly at which  amendment of the statutes is to be adopted, and the election of the new Archbishop will take place on 1 and 2 November in Paris. It will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
The invitations for this EGA and the OGA which follows it will be sent out at the end of August

5. The Ordinary General Assembly will follow the election of the Archbishop 1 and 2 November 2013. The agenda will include reports on the moral and financial life of the Archdiocese over the past three years and the election of half of the members of the Archdiocesan Council.

6. A delegation of members of the Archdiocesan Council will travel to the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the end of August.  
 
Communiqué July 31 2013

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